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Brubaker (1980)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  20 June 1980 (USA)
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The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

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When the new Warden comes in disguised as an inmate, he sees first hand all the corruption and scams the guards and prison officials and running. When he reveals himself, and starts to implement reforms to stop the corruption, the local business community, who had been benefiting from the scams, fights back, and the corrupt southern prison system, starts making political trouble for the new warden. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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One man against a cruel system. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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$37,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The nickname of Richard Coombes (Yaphet Kotto) was "Dickie". See more »

Goofs

After leaving the prison board meeting, while speaking with Lillian Gray in the Hilton Inn parking lot, Brubaker claims to have locked his keys in the car. Lillian Gray then opens an unlocked passenger-side door (humiliating Brubaker). At the conclusion of a previous scene, when Brubaker is leaving for the prison board meeting, an angry Dickie Coombes slammed his hand down on the passenger side door, locking it (the camera is focused on this action). See more »

Quotes

Henry Brubaker: You're not eating?
Richard 'Dickie' Coombes: I don't eat that shit you're eating.
Henry Brubaker: Do you know anything about nutrition?
Richard 'Dickie' Coombes: I know about hungry.
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References Escape from Alcatraz (1979) See more »

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Respect
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Written by Otis Redding
Performed by Morgan Freeman when he attacks another inmate
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You can't reform the system if you're not in it.
25 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

W.D. Richter did the screenplay for the 1978 remake of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He also did the screen story for this Robert Redford film about prison reform. In fact his screenplay/story was nominated for an Oscar.

I know prison reform is an anachronism today. Incarceration is simply removal from society with no concern for rehabilitation.

The film is based on real life. Thomas Murton of Arkansas tried to fix the system. I grew up in Arkansas and was exposed to stories about the "Tucker Telephone" from the Tucker prison farm, and stories of bodies of murdered prisoners being dug up on prison grounds.

So Redford sports a John Edwards haircut in the film, he still does a great job. He is assisted in this film by Yaphet Kotto, who I always enjoy, and Morgan Freeman.


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